Xiaomi Redmi Note 2: Helio X10 for $125
Xiaomi has just launched a new device – Redmi Note 2 and it looks almost too good to be true.
Xiaomi gave their fans a whole bag of great news on their press conference. Not only did they introduced MIUI 7, but Xiaomi also launched a highly anticipated smartphone Redmi Note 2. As it is customary when it comes to Xiaomi, this smartphones delivers an unprecedented value for your money and is going to be sold in three different versions. These versions will differ in terms of network support and storage size. The cheapest one should cost only RMB 799 which is about $125. If you are yet not excited, wait until you learn the specifications.
Redmi Note 2 is equipped with 5.5″ display with full HD resolution (401 PPI). Xiaomi said that they managed to 10x reduce the minimum screen brightness and thus produce a luminance as low as 0.5cd/m2. This is a great move on their part since many Android users have to rely on third-party apps in order to lower the screen brightness during the night. This not only helps to protect eyes but also makes the battery last longer.
The heart of this smartphone is yet again supplied by MediaTek. This time it is a high-end chipset called Helio X10. It is an octa-core 64-bit CPU with 8 Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz. Its sidekick is PowerVR G6200 GPU.
Two cheaper versions of this phone are going to have 16 GB internal storage space while the most expensive version – called Prime – is going to have 32 GB. All three version should also have 2 GB of RAM. There was a little confusion yesterday at the launch of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 because it was not clear if the smartphone supports micro SD cards or not – but it does. There is a slot for micro SD card right new to dual SIM card slots. That means you have 3 separate places for SD and SIM cards.
Redmi Note 2 also supports FDD-LTE (apart from the cheapest version) but we have no information about which frequencies are going to be supported.
The main camera has a 13 MP resolution with Phase Detection Autofocus function, 0.1s focus speed, and a 5-element lens with f/2.2 aperture. This autofocus mechanism works by dividing the incoming light into pairs of images and comparing them which results in a fast and precise focusing. The front-facing camera has a 5 MP resolution and also has the automatic beautify function. Both cameras are manufactured by Samsung and OmniVision.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 additionally has an infrared remote so you can control your TV or even an air conditioner (hint: Xiaomi has you covered when it comes to infrared enabled AC). The phone has a 3060 mAh battery which should theoretically last a whole day. Unlike many other Chinese manufacturers, Xiaomi is known for a great optimization of their phones so I would surprised if the battery performance would be subpar.
And the price? RMB 799 ($125) for the cheapest version without LFE, 899 ($140) for 16 GB version with LTE, and 999 ($156) for 32 GB version with LTE. This smartphone truly seems to be a prime candidate for the best budget phone in 2015.